Review: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Star Rating:  * * * *   If you’re the kind of person who watched programmes like GMTV everyday during the summer whilst drying yourself off from the morning shower, you would probably have seen several trailers and interviews advertising Tomas Alfredson’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. This is because the film is kind of a big deal to British men in their forties. Telling the … Continue reading Review: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Half an Interview with John Madden

An insight into the career of John Madden, the director behind Shakespeare in Love, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin and the Debt (2011). Any good journalist knows that an interview needs to begin with a long preamble about the circumstances in which the interview was conducted, something like: “I sipped the cup of coffee waiting for John to arrive. He glided into the room, as cool and … Continue reading Half an Interview with John Madden

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

This wasn’t a film, I think, that anyone was particularly desperate to see made. The first ‘Pirates’ was arguably a classic summer blockbuster; The Adventures of Robin Hood if made by Steven Spielberg, with Johnny Depp as a swaggering, myopic Errol Flynn. The next two, while not necessarily ‘bad’ movies, were nowhere near as memorable. Double-crosses aplenty (triple-crosses, quadruple-crosses, ad nauseam) and a massive sea-fight … Continue reading Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Of all the abandoned warehouses in all the towns in all the world… – Secret Cinema

Funny story: I was stood outside Wapping train station at 6:30 on a Friday evening, as anyone might well be, when I was suddenly thrust into a surging crowd of people chanting, protesting no less, about nothing in particular. And for some reason the men were all dressed in suits and trilbies, or khaki, and the women in jazzy numbers with bobbed coiffures. Wapping is … Continue reading Of all the abandoned warehouses in all the towns in all the world… – Secret Cinema

Thor

Summer is upon us! The time of year that we decide to whip out the sunglasses and shorts and revel in a month or two of freedom is the same time that those ‘ol Hollywood execs churn out a series of blockbusters to keep us enlivened and entertained until September comes around. Thor is the first out of four superhero films to be released this … Continue reading Thor